Vegas Over/Under: 25.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 24-58 The Bet: Under with confidence that is marginal Try to name the Atlanta Hawks’ five players following the departures of Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard. It’s not the simplest of tasks. And that would be fine if the franchise that has made the playoffs each of the last ten seasons were filled with talent, instead of the current situation that’s quite conducive to this dreaded”t” word.
Dennis Schroder is certainly part of this mix, in addition to newly acquired large man Dewayne Dedmon. But who else? Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince and Ersan Ilyasova? Will Marco Belinelli or even Luke Babbitt maintain the mix if they could keep shooting as they did with the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat, respectively? Are we already prepared to throw John Collins into the equation?
This Atlanta roster may have some upside, but it’s almost completely devoid of established talent. Even the leading pieces have question marks, because Schroder hasn’t functioned as the unquestioned leader of a team, Dedmon has yet to play with more than 17.5 minutes per game and Bazemore is coming from a disappointing campaign.
Talent wins out from the NBA, along with the Hawks do not have enough of it–or sufficient motivation to avoid the bottom of the Eastern Conference–to push the 26 wins necessary for the over wager.
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